Health ministers from 11 countries are to meet on Tuesday to discuss progress with the European Vaccine Action Plan, which includes the aspired elimination of measles and rubella. Photograph: istock

A leading doctor has said the rising incidence of measles in Ireland could be due to a previous shortfall in vaccinations that has caught up on the po(...)

Moldova’s president Igor Dodon takes his oath on the Moldovan constitution during his inauguration ceremony at the Republican Palace in Chisinau, Moldova. Photograph: EPA

Moldova’s pro-Russian president Igor Dodon has urged supporters to refrain from “revolution” and wait for elections next year to oust the current gove(...)

Russian president Vladimir Putin attends the forum of Russian volunteers at the Megasport Sport Palace in Moscow, Russia. Photograph: Alexei Nikolsky/Sputnik/Kremlin Pool/EPA

Vladimir Putin declared on Wednesday that he is to seek a fourth term as Russia’s president in an election next March. Mr Putin revealed his long-a(...)

Irish broadband: quality of service is a pressing issue for thousands of households. Photograph: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Ireland is one of the most expensive countries in the developed world for broadband, with prices here almost four times those in the cheapest country (...)

Pavel Durov, CEO and co-founder of Telegram, has pledged to appeal the Moscow court ruling. Photograph: Steve Jennings/Getty Images

A court in Moscow fined Telegram Messenger 800,000 rubles (€11,866) on Monday for refusing to hand over the encryption keys to the popular mobile soci(...)

Russian  sappers clearing the historic city of Palmyra of mines after it was recaptured from Isis. Photograph: TASS via Getty Images

This week marks the second anniversary of Russia’s direct armed intervention on the Syrian government side, which turned the tide in its favour in the(...)

 Russian president Vladimir Putin said  the US sanctions were a step to worsening relations between the two countries.  Photograph: EPA/Maxim Shipenkov

President Vladimir Putin has said Russia will expel 755 US diplomatic staff and could consider imposing additional measures against the United States (...)

Is Stephen Donnelly in danger of becoming Fianna Fáil’s version of George Lee? File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Fewer politicians than usual turned out for this year’s Independence Day celebrations at the US ambassador’s residence in the Phoenix Park on Thursday(...)

The embassy of Russia in Chisinau, Moldova. “They were declared persona non grata on the basis of information received from the special services,” Moldova’s prime minister Pavel Filip said of the five Russians expelled on Tuesday. Photograph: Viktor Dimitrov/Reuters

Moldova has expelled five Russian diplomats in a move that its pro-Kremlin president has called a western-backed bid to damage the country’s relation(...)

Ukraine’s former president Viktor Yanukovich (left) with Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin in Kiev in 2010. Photograph:  Gleb Garanich/AFP/Getty Images

Ukrainian prosecutors have said they will seek a life sentence for former president Viktor Yanukovich, who went on trial in absentia for treason on T(...)

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